DEADLINE reports that Bill Cosby has been sentenced to at least three years in prison for his conviction for a 2004 rape. Cosby has been determined to be a sexually violent predator and sentenced to three to ten years in prison after he was convicted of the 2004 rape of Temple University employee Andrea Constand. The judge also ordered Cosby to pay fines and court costs.
The first accusations against Cosby surfaced almost three years ago, when he was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in the Constand case. He was found guilty of all counts six months ago by a jury in Pennsylvania court, after a retrial.
Cosby’s defense team filed motions to seek bail pending appeal, but those were denied.
After Cosby serves three years in prison, he may petition for supervised release, but there are no assurances it will be granted.
Defense lawyers plan to file an appeal with the state’s Supreme Court. Until now, Cosby has been out on $1 million bail and on house arrest, but his prison sentence starts immediately. He will also have to undergo sexual predator treatment in prison.
Cosby has been accused of drugging and assault by more than 60 women, but Constand’s case was the only one filed in court because of the state’s long statute of limitations for the sex crimes.
Cosby will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, attend counseling and provide police with any change in residence after his release.
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